Myanmar

Myanmar is not yet linked to Laos by air. It is however fairly easy (and certainly very little frequented though) to access passing by Northern Thailand overland in the Golden Triangle.

Flying via Bangkok is by far the most convenient solution as many flights per day connect Yangon.

Put aside politics and embark on journey to Myanmar, a land that is somehow unexpectedly ready to welcome distinguished travelers with ample historical, spiritual and natural treasures.

A visit to Myanmar would not be complete without a visit to the magnificent complex of temples Bagan and Mandalay, in the centre of the country. Old charming sites and natural landmarks make a journey to this land a rewarding one. The views at sunset and sunrise are stunning, not to say magical.

Another of Myanmar’s main attractions is Inle Lake, a natural jewel in the north of the country surrounded by mountains and inhabited by several hill tribes. Floating gardens and homes surround the lake. Fishermen use ancient fishing techniques with traps and the area is a photographer’s paradise at sunrise and sunset, with occasional mist reinforcing the mystical feel of the place.

Going even further northbound, visit Putao in the Himalayan footstep. Mt. Hkakabo Razi is South East Asia’s highest peak culminating at 5,900 m. You will experience snow capped mountains and year round cool temperatures. Spend a couple of days with a total immersion in the intimacy of a chalet style resort and explore the region’s many trekking routes offering unique opportunities to meet the vast ethnic diversity of people and abundant flora with endemic rare species like black orchids.

Do not miss to visit Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and commercial hub with the Scott market and Shwedagon golden stupa while sipping a great cocktail at one of the coffee shops nestled in the old faded British colonial style buildings.

For beach lovers, the South of the country is synonymous with deserted white sandy beaches with the Mergui archipelago and Ngpali being the most developed and accessible areas.

And for the unique experience, a cruise on the Irrawaddy River is an absolute must. Different routes are possible with different durations, routings starting in Yangon, Mandalay or Bagan with one of the most famous one being the “Road to Mandalay” taking on a 15-day long journey between Yangon and Mandalay. Such a cruise is the adventure of a lifetime. Gently cruising along the Irrawaddy River, passengers will encounter astonishing natural beauty, timeless landscapes, unparalleled cultural heritage and some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.

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